KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Adam Scheel has allowed two goals in the last 162 minutes, 12 seconds. Both were accidentally put in by his own teammates.
It has been more than eight full periods since an opponent has put the puck in the net against Scheel, who is turning in one of the most memorable rookie seasons by a UND goaltender in recent history.
On Friday night, he became the first goalie to earn a win in Lawson Ice Arena in more than three months, leading the Fighting Hawks to a 5-1 win over No. 9 Western Michigan (read the Herald's game story with quotes from players and coach Brad Berry here).
Scheel has now beaten teams ranked No. 1 (St. Cloud State), No. 4 (Minnesota Duluth), No. 5 (MSU-Mankato), No. 7 (Denver) and No. 9 (Western Michigan) in this week’s USCHO national rankings.
He’s one of just three goaltenders in the nation to have five wins against top-10 Pairwise teams. The others are Bowling Green’s Ryan Bednard and St. Cloud State’s David Hrenak.
In the absence of injured backup Peter Thome, Scheel has excelled, even though UND’s schedule has been challenging.
UND’s last five games have come against No.1, No. 1, No. 7, No. 7 and No. 9. Scheel has a .952 save percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average in this games.
Scheel, of Lakewood, Ohio, will become only the second UND goalie of the last 20 years to start the majority of the team’s games. The other was Brad Eidsness in 2008-09.
Here are a few other notes about UND’s series-opening win over Western Michigan:
- Mark Senden was a plus-3 and Gavin Hain was a plus-2. They are now tied for the team lead in plus-minus at plus-11. Hain has remarkably only been on the ice for one even-strength goal against this season.
- UND has rarely been outshot this season, but ended up minus-13 in shot differential Friday (33-20 Broncos). Part of that was due to UND playing defensively after building a big lead. UND is 4-2 when being outshot this season. Friday’s game was only the second time UND has been outshot by double digits.
- Friday night marked the first time this season that the Fighting Hawks have lost the faceoff battle but won the game. UND was previously 0-4 when losing the faceoff battle. The Fighting Hawks have now lost faceoffs five times this year -- three of them against Western Michigan. The other two were to Denver and Omaha. The 30-18 differential was the worst UND has lost in draws this season. The previous worst was minus-5 against Western Michigan.
- While UND did lose the faceoff battle, it won the most important draw of the game -- the faceoff to start the 5-on-3 Western Michigan power play that lasted 26 seconds. UND cleared it off a Rhett Gardner faceoff win and essentially killed the 5-on-3.
- Paul Washe went 10-1 in the circle for Western Michigan, while Gardner went 13-10.
- All five of UND’s goals and 10 of the 14 points awarded on the night were to underclassmen.
- Gardner’s goal drought is now at 15 games, the longest in his UND career. His last goal was against Alaska Anchorage in November.
- Western Michigan has a decision to make on starting goaltender tonight. Trevor Gorsuch has started every game since early November, but he has been pulled in his last two starts. If he doesn't go, Ben Blacker would get the call.
UND when losing faceoff battle
-5 vs. Western Michigan, 2-0 loss
-5 vs. Western Michigan, 6-2 loss
-1 vs. Denver, 2-1 loss
-4 at Omaha, 4-3 loss
-12 at Western Michigan, 5-1 win
UND when being outshot
-1 vs. MSU-Mankato, 4-3 win
-1 vs. Wisconsin, 5-0 win
-7 vs. Denver, 4-1 win
-8 at Minnesota Duluth, 5-0 loss
-13 at Western Michigan, 5-1 win
-21 vs. St. Cloud State, 2-1 loss